Voters Are “Sweet” on Queen Sugar

Second-year drama from executive producer Ava DuVernay scores 14 nominations
Atlanta paces the comedy categories with 10 nods; Donald Glover receives six nominations

(Washington, DC, June 14, 2018) One year after coming up short to the popular NBC drama, This Is Us, voters embraced the second season of the critically-acclaimed OWN drama, Queen Sugar to the tune of a record-breaking 14 Black Reel Awards for Television nominations.

The show which follows the Bordelon clan surged to record heights largely on the strength of several intriguing storylines that captivated viewers and weekly left them on the edge of their seats. In addition to scoring Outstanding Drama Series, for the second year in a row, Queen Sugar received multiple nominations for nearly its entire ensemble including Outstanding Actress, Drama nods for both Dawn Lyen-Gardner and last year’s winner Rutina Wesley, Outstanding Actor, Drama for Kofi Siriboe, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama nods for Dondre Whitfield and Omar J. Dorsey, and Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama nomination for Bianca Lawson.

DuVernay’s all-female cast of directors and writers also were acknowledged for their groundbreaking work picking up nominations for Cheryl Dunye (Outstanding Directing, Drama Series) for her episode, “Fruit of the Flower;” Ava DuVernay and Monica Macer & Davita Scarlett for “Dream Variations” and “Heritage,” respectively. Queen Sugar also scored several nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series for Alimi Ballard and Roger Guenveur Smith, while Michael Michele secured a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress, Drama Series. The momentum even extended to the music as music supervisor, Liza Richardson took home the series final nod for Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, Limited Series.

While the things were getting hot and steamy in the Bayou, it wasn’t the only part of the south that enjoyed runaway success. Donald Glover’s sophomore season netted the multi-talented hyphenate 10 nominations showing that last year’s Outstanding Comedy Series still remains potent among the BRATs Voting Academy. Atlanta‘s “Robbin Season” stole the thunder from its contemporaries securing Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actor, Comedy for Glover, nods for Zazie Beetz (Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy) and • LaKeith Stanfield (Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy). Only Brian Tyree Henry found himself on the outside looking in.

In addition, Atlanta secured several nods behind the camera, largely for its creative inspiration, Glover scoring Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series nods for both F.U.B.U. and awe-inspiring episode, Teddy Perkins. Katt Williams also received a nomination Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series nomination as the Alligator Man. Finally, music supervisors Fam Udeorji & Jen Malone also were acknowledged in the Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, Limited Series) category, as well.

Continuing the theme of record-setting achievements, Glover enjoyed the most dominant single year since Jamie Foxx’s breakthrough 2004 campaign. Glover received six nominations for his aforementioned work in Atlanta and served as the host and musical guest for the most entertaining and talked-about episode of Saturday Night Live, scoring an Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series nod for his work.

While voters were sweet on Queen Sugar and welcoming to Atlanta, they weren’t the only shows to enjoy mass appeal. Last year’s Outstanding Comedy Series winner, Black-ish and HBO’s comedy juggernaut, Insecure also received nine nominations apiece showing that both shows remain formidable threats. Also receiving strong consideration is the Netflix limited series, Seven Seconds and last year’s Outstanding Drama Series winner, This Is Us which scored seven nominations apiece.

Kudos also to several shows which scored five nominations apiece, including the superhero drama, Black Lightning, the acclaimed technology anthology, Black Mirror, the winning urban drama, The Chi, and the celebrity whodunnit “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” Plus, there were several performers enjoyed strong years, each scoring three nominations apiece, including  Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne, This Is Us’ Sterling K. Brown and Insecure’s Issa Rae.

The Black Reel Awards for Television winners will be announced on Thursday, August 3, 2018.

Check out the full list of nominees, below:

2nd Annual Black Reel Awards for Television Nominees


Outstanding Comedy Series

“Atlanta” (FX)
Donald Glover – Exec Producer
Dianne McGunigle – Exec Producer
Alex Orr – Producer
Paul Simms – Exec Producer
Stephen Glover – Exec Producer
Stefani Robinson – Producer

“black-ish” (ABC)
Anthony Anderson – Exec Producer
Kenya Barris – Exec Producer
E. Brian Dobbins – Exec Producer
Laurence Fishburne – Exec Producer
Jonathan Groff – Exec Producer
Corey Nickerson – Exec Producer
Helen Sugland – Exec Producer
Stacy Traub – Exec Producer
Jamie Pedroza – Co-Producer
Heidi McGowen – Co-Producer

“Dear White People” (Netflix)
Jack Moore – Co-Producer
Kent Zbornak – Producer
Stephanie Allain – Exec Producer
Justin Simien – Exec Producer
Yvette Lee Bowser – Exec Producer
Julia Lebedev- Exec Producer

“Grown-ish” (Freeform)
Anthony Anderson – Exec Producer
Kenya Barris – Exec Producer
Julie Bean – Exec Producer
E. Brian Dobbins – Exec Producer
Laurence Fishburne – Exec Producer
Helen Sugland – Exec Producer
Jamie Pedroza – Co-Producer
Tom Ragazzo – Co-Producer

“Insecure” (HBO)
Melina Matsoukas – Exec Producer
Prentice Penny – Exec Producer
Issa Rae – Exec Producer
Lisa Schomas – Co-Producer
Heidi McGowen -Co-Producer
Tyler Romary – Co-Producer

Outstanding Actor, Comedy Series
• Anthony Anderson | “black-ish” (ABC)
• Jerrod Carmichael | “The Carmichael Show” (NBC)
• Donald Glover | “Atlanta” (FX)
• Dwayne Johnson | “Ballers” (HBO)
• Tracy Morgan | “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Outstanding Actress, Comedy Series
• Logan Browning | “Dear White People” (Netflix)
• Tiffany Haddish | “The Last O.G.” (TBS)
• Issa Rae | “Insecure” (HBO)
• Tracee Ellis Ross | “black-ish” (ABC)
• Yara Shahidi | “grown-ish” (Freeform)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy Series
• Tituss Burgess | “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)
• Terry Crews | “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (FOX)
• Jay Ellis | “Insecure” (HBO)
• Laurence Fishburne | “black-ish” (ABC)
• LaKeith Stanfield | “Atlanta” (FX)

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Comedy Series
• Tichina Arnold | “Survivor’s Remorse” (Starz)
• Zazie Beetz | “Atlanta” (FX)
• Jenifer Lewis | “black-ish” (ABC)
• Yvonne Orji | “Insecure” (HBO)
• Antoinette Robertson | “Dear White People” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing, Comedy Series
• “Barbershop” (Atlanta) | Director: Donald Glover (FX)
• “FUBU” (Atlanta) | Director: Donald Glover (FX)
• “Juneteenth” (black-ish) | Director: Anton Cropper (ABC)
• “Hella Perspective” (Insecure) | Director: Melina Matsoukas (HBO)
• “Fuck Paying It Forward” (Shameless) | Director: Regina King (Showtime)

Outstanding Writing, Comedy Series
• “FUBU” (Atlanta) | Written by: Stephen Glover (FX)
• “Teddy Perkins” (Atlanta) | Written by: Donald Glover (FX)
• “Juneteenth” (black-ish) | Written by: Peter Saji (ABC)
• “Hella Perspective” (Insecure) | Written by: Issa Rae (HBO)
• “Pilot” (The Last O.G.) | Written by: Jordan Peele & John Carcieri (TBS)

Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series
• Sterling K. Brown | “Insecure” (HBO)
• Sterling K. Brown | “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
• Chadwick Boseman | “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
• Donald Glover | “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
• Katt Williams | “Atlanta” (FX)

Outstanding Guest Actress, Comedy Series
• Tiffany Haddish | “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
• Regina Hall | “Insecure” (HBO)
• Rashida Jones | “black-ish” (ABC)
• Anna Deavere Smith | “black-ish” (ABC)
• Lena Waithe | “Dear White People” (Netflix)



Outstanding Drama Series

“Black Lightning” (CW)
Salim Akil – Exec Producer
Greg Berlanti – Exec Producer
Mara Brock Akil – Exec Producer
Adam Giaudrone – Co-Producer
Sarah Schechter – Exec Producer
Jennifer Lence – Co-Producer
Carl Ogawa – Co-Producer
Melora Rivera – Co-Producer
Joanie L. Woehler – Co-Producer
Bonnie Weis – Producer

“The Chi” (Showtime)
Barry M. Berg – Producer
Common – Exec Producer
Derek Dudley – Exec Producer
Rick Famuyiwa – Exec Producer
Aaron Kaplan – Exec Producer
Erin Mitchell – Producer
Elwood Reid – Exec Producer
Shelby Stone – Exec Producer
Lena Waithe – Exec Producer

“Greenleaf” (OWN)
Albert T. Dickerson – Co-producer
Carla Gardini – Producer
Clement Virgo – Exec Producer
Oprah Winfrey – Exec Producer
Craig Wright – Exec Producer

“Queen Sugar” (OWN)
Kat Candler – Producer
Ava Duvernay – Exec Producer
Carla Gardini – Producer
Dana Greenblatt – Co-producer
Monica Macer – Exec Producer
Mimi Won Techentin – Co-producer
Oprah Winfrey – Exec Producer

“This Is Us” (NBC)
Bekah Brunstetter – Producer
Glenn Ficarra – Exec Producer
Dan Fogelman – Exec Producer
Charlie Gogolak – Exec Producer
Cathy Mickel Gibson – Producer
Vera Herbert – Producer
Ken Olin – Exec Producer
John Requa – Exec Producer
Jess Rosenthal – Exec Producer
Shukree Tilghman – Co-Producer

Outstanding Actor, Drama Series
• Sterling K. Brown | “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Omari Hardwick | “Power” (Starz)
• Kofi Siriboe | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Cress Williams | “Black Lightning” (CW)
• Jeffrey Wright | “Westworld” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress, Drama Series
• Dawn-Lyen Gardner | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Taraji P. Henson | “Empire” (FOX)
• Niecy Nash | “Claws” (TNT)
• Kerry Washington | “Scandal” (ABC)
• Rutina Wesley | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, Drama Series
• Omar J. Dorsey | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Jacob Latimore | “The Chi” (Showtime)
• Joe Morton | “Scandal” (ABC)
• Harold Perrineau | “Claws” (TNT)
• Dondre Whitfield | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Outstanding Supporting Actress, Drama Series
• Bianca Lawson | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Thandie Newton | “Westworld” (HBO)
• Tessa Thompson | “Westworld” (HBO)
• Susan Kelechi Watson | “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Lynn Whitfield | “Greenleaf” (OWN)

Outstanding Directing, Drama Series
• “The Resurrection” (Black Lightning) | Director: Salim Akil (CW)
• “Pilot” (The Chi) | Director: Rick Famuyiwa (Showtime)
• “Fruit of the Flower” (Queen Sugar) | Director: Cheryl Dunye (OWN)
• “People Like Me” (Scandal) | Director: Joe Morton (ABC)
• “The People v. Olivia Pope” (Scandal) | Director: Kerry Washington (ABC)

Outstanding Writing, Drama Series
• “Dream Variations” (Queen Sugar) | Written by: Ava DuVernay (OWN)
• “Heritage” (Queen Sugar) | Written by: Monica Macer & Davita Scarlett (OWN)
• “Pilot” (The Chi) | Written by: Lena Waithe (Showtime)
• “Number Three” (This Is Us) | Written by: Shukree Hassan Tilghman (NBC)
• “This Big, Amazing Beautiful Life” (This Is Us) | Written by: Kay Oyegun (NBC)

Outstanding Guest Actor, Drama Series
• Alimi Ballard | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Common | “The Chi” (Showtime)
• Taye Diggs | “Empire” (FOX)
• Ron Cephas Jones | “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Roger Guenveur Smith | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Outstanding Guest Actress, Drama Series
• Michael Michele | “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Phylicia Rashad | “Empire” (FOX)
• Jill Scott | “Black Lightning” (CW)
• Cicely Tyson | “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC)
• Samira Wiley | “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)



Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series

“Black Mirror” (Netflix)
Charlie Brooker – Exec Producer
Annabel Jones – Exec Producer
Ian Hogan – Co-Producer
Nick Pitt – Producer
Louise Sutton – Producer
Sanne Wohlenberg – Producer

Flint (Lifetime)
Cher – Exec Producer
Katie Couric – Exec Producer
John M. Eckert – Producer
Neil Meron – Exec Producer
Mark Nicholson – Exec Producer
Craig Zadan – Exec Producer
Queen Latifah – Exec Producer

“Marvel’s: The Defenders” (Netflix)
Dan Buckley – Exec Producer
Jim Chory – Exec Producer
Alison Engel – Exec Producer
Alan Fine – Exec Producer
Drew Goddard – Exec Producer
Allie Goss – Exec Producer
Kris Henigman – Exec Producer
Cindy Holland – Exec Producer
Stan Lee – Exec Producer
Jeph Loeb – Exec Producer
Keira Morrisette – Co-Producer
Evan Prezzo – Producer
Douglas Petrie – Exec Producer
Joe Quesada – Exec Producer
Marco Ramirez – Exec Producer
Karim Zreik – Exec Producer
Darren Frankel – Exec Producer
Matthew S. O’Brien – Exec Producer
Devon Quinn – Exec Producer
Margaret Scarpello – Co-Producer
Sneha Koorse – Co-Producer
S.J. Clarkson – Exec Producer

“Seven Seconds” (Netflix)
Aleksey Ageyev – Co-Producer
Mando Alvarado – Co-Producer
Lawerence Bender – Exec Producer
Kevin Kelly Brown – Exec Producer
Jonathan Filley – Producer
Shana Fischer Huber – Co-Producer
Gavin O’Connor – Exec Producer
Alex Reznik – Exec Producer
Veena Sud – Exec Producer
Zaur Bolotaev – Exec Producer

“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” (USA)
Michael Dorsey – Co-Producer
Anthony Hemingway – Exec Producer
Lyah Beth LeFlore – Co-Producer
Kyle Long – Exec Producer
Kurt Moritz – Co-Producer
Mark Taylor – Exec Producer
Chris Downey – Exec Producer
Denitria Harris-Lawrence – Co-Exec Producer
Cle Sloan – Co-Producer
John Blair – Co-Producer

Outstanding Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series
• Mike Colter | “Marvel’s: The Defenders” (Netflix)
• Dule Hill | Psych: The Movie (USA)
• Terrence Howard | “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” (Amazon)
• Michael B. Jordan | Fahrenheit 451 (HBO)
• John Legend | Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)

Outstanding Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series
• Georgina Campbell | “Black Mirror” (Netflix)
• Carmen Ejogo | “The Girlfriend Experience” (Starz)
• Regina King | “Seven Seconds” (Netflix)
• Janelle Monae | “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams” (Amazon)
• Jill Scott | Flint (Lifetime)

Outstanding Supporting Actor, TV Movie/Limited Series
• Corey Champagne | “Seven Seconds” (Netflix)
• Brandon Victor Dixon | Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert (NBC)
• Russell Hornsby | “Seven Seconds” (Netflix)
• Babs Olusanmokun | “Black Mirror” (Netflix)
• Bokeem Woodbine | “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.” (USA)

Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie/Limited Series
• Michaela Coel | “Black Mirror” (Netflix)
• Rosario Dawson | “Marvel’s The Defenders” (Netflix)
• Queen Latifah | Flint (Lifetime)
• Simone Missick | “Marvel’s: The Defenders” (Netflix)
• Letitia Wright | “Black Mirror” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing, TV Movie/Limited Series
• “Drink the Kool-Aid” (American Horror Story: Cult) | Director: Angela Bassett (FX)
• “Kill All Others” (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) | Director: Dee Rees (Amazon)
• “Witness for the Prosecution” (Seven Seconds) | Director: Victoria Mahoney (Netflix)
• “Until I Do” (Seven Seconds) | Director: Ernest Dickerson (Netflix)
• “Wherever It Leads” (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.) | Director: Anthony Hemingway (USA)

Outstanding Writing, TV Movie/Limited Series
• Bobbi Kristina | Written by: Rhonda Baraka (TV One)
• “Kill All Others” (Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams) | Written by: Dee Rees (Amazon)
• “A Boy and a Bike” (Seven Seconds) | Written by: Salisha Francis & Venna Sud (Netflix)
• “The Mack” (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.) | Writer: Denitria Harris-Lawrence (USA)
• “Wherever It Leads” (Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.) | Writer: Kyle Long (USA)

Outstanding TV Documentary or Special
• “Being Serena” | Director: Noah Lerner (HBO)
• “Biggie: The Life of the Notorious B.I.G.” | Director: Mark Ford (A&E)
• Def Comedy Jam 25 | Director: Louis J. Horvitz (Netflix)
• “The Defiant Ones” | Director: Allen Hughes (HBO)
• Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! |Directors: David Leveaux & Alex Rudzinski (NBC)

Outstanding Music (Comedy, Drama, Limited Series)
“Atlanta” (FX)
Fam Udeorji & Jen Malone, music supervisors

“Black Lightning” (CW)
Kier Lehman, music supervisor

“Insecure” (HBO)
Kier Lehman, music supervisor

“Queen Sugar” (OWN)
Liza Richardson, music supervisor

“This Is Us” (NBC)
Jennifer Pyken, music supervisor


Series With Multiple Nominations

14 Nominations
“Queen Sugar” – Most Nominated Drama Series; Also breaks the record for most nominations for any series in a single year.

10 Nominations
“Atlanta” – Most Nominated Comedy Series

9 Nominations

7 Nominations
“Seven Seconds” – Most Nominated TV Movie/Limited Series
“This Is Us”

5 Nominations
“Black Lightning”
“Black Mirror”
“The Chi”
“Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.”

4 Nominations
“Dear White People”
“Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams”
“Marvel’s: The Defenders”
“Saturday Night Live”

3 Nominations
Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert
“The Last O.G.”

2 Nominations


Individuals with Multiple Nominations

6 Nominations
Donald Glover

3 Nominations
Anthony Anderson
Sterling K. Brown
Laurence Fishburne
Issa Rae

2 Nominations
Salim Akil
Ava DuVernay
Rick Famuyiwa
Tiffany Haddish
Denitria Harris-Lawrence
Anthony Hemingway
Regina King
Queen Latifah
Keir Lehman
Kyle Long
Monica Macer
Melina Matsoukas
Joe Morton
Dee Rees
Jill Scott
Shukree Tilghman
Kerry Washington
Oprah Winfrey


Networks with Multiple Nominations

22 Nominations

16 Nominations

14 Nominations

11 Nominations

7 Nominations

6 Nominations

5 Nominations

4 Nominations

3 Nominations

2 Nominations

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